Funeral Ministry Team

In the parish of St. Michael’s Church Athy, the Funeral Ministry team consists of  lay men and women, who have been trained in providing support at a time of loss. The team will assist in helping to organise your loved ones funeral.

On receiving word of the death of your loved one who has passed on for this life from the funeral home, one or two members of the Funeral Ministry Team will meet the bereaved family in Baptistry in St. Michael’s Church, either on their own or with the priest or parish pastoral worker.

When the priest and funeral team members meet with you and your family, they are there to offer you support and assist you in whatever way they can in organising your loved ones Funeral Mass. Be assured that from the moment we hear of your loved ones passing we will be praying for them and for their loves ones. They will also bring the Parish Funeral Booklet which contains the Scripture Readings and sample intercessions for the Prayer of the Faithful which will be used during the funeral ceremony. They may discuss the liturgy and help the family make the decisions on choosing the appropriate readings and prayers for the deceased person. Members of the Funeral Ministry Team may be involved in leading some of the prayers at the family home or the funeral home, in the church or at the graveside or crematorium.

If you would like to get in contact with the Funeral Team you can contact Bernadette Prendergast – Funeral Team Coordinator – on  086 6041338 or email